Weekly Notices
Friday, November 22, 2019
2020 SAR Leadership Announced 

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2020 SAR Leadership Announced!

2020 SAR leadership was announced at the association's annual meeting, this week, at CenterPlace (pictured above)  in Spokane Valley:
Tom Clark, Kestell Company 
Eric Johnson , Coldwell Banker Tomlinson N
Gina Mosey, RE/MAX Inland Empire 
Kristy Hamby, Windermere Airway Heights
Cynthia Gustafson, John L. Scott Spokane, Inc.
Eric Etzel, Choice Realty
Judy Flemmer , EXIT Real Estate Professionals
Ron McIntire, Choice Realty
Abbey Parsons, Coldwell Banker Tomlinson V
Barb Pielli, Windermere City Group
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These Directors will serve the second of their two-year terms next year:
Sara Houk , John L. Scott, Inc.
Pam Novell , Windermere Manito
Jim Palmer, Jr., Real Estate Marketplace N.W. Inc.
Rick Richard , John L. Scott, Inc.

Also announced at the meeting were the most recent graduates of the Washington REALTORS® Leadership Institute:

Karene Loman, Keller Williams Spokane
Janet Robel, Coldwell Banker Tomlinson

Through this program, we identify emerging REALTOR® leaders, motivate them, and sharpen their leadership skills. In return, we expect them to exert a strong, positive influence on the future of the REALTOR® Association and our profession.

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2019 Spokane REALTORS® Food Drive Committee Chair Judy Flemmer (left) presented the award for Top Financial Contribution to Sabrina Jones-Schroeder (right),  designated broker/owner of EXIT Real Estate Professionals.

Congratulations to Sabrina and her team for so generously supporting our food drive to benefit 2nd Harvest!

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2019 SAR Oktoberfest Committee chair Cheryl Sontag (at podium) presents a check to the designated community partner for this year's event - Meals on Wheels.
Board President Kim Lloyd (left) and Director of Development Sarah Hall (right) accepted the check for Meals on Wheels.

Special thanks to our sponsors for so generously supporting this year's event: 

REALTORS® Dental Insurance 

Get covered today!
Enroll today to have coverage in place for November.
REALTORS® Dental plans feature group rates and, as always, great customer service and 100% in-network preventive coverage.  
  These are the ONLY dental plans designed exclusively for REALTORS®, and plans start for as little as $23.86 per month. 
Want to learn more? Click here:

Open Enrollment 

Open Now for 2020 Coverage
Ends December 7th

I f you're Medicare-Eligible, now is the time to explore your supplementary coverage options for 2020.
Members Medicare Exchange is here to make that easy.  
The Exchange is available through REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace, your trusted resource for supplemental Medicare coverage options.  
It's just for NAR members and allows you to easily compare and enroll in supplemental plans from top insurance companies, including dental and vision plans.  
Take some time now to make sure you understand your options, and be ready to take advantage of supplemental benefits.  

Designation Classes in TriCities

The TriCity Association of REALTORS® invites all SAR members to plan ahead and enjoy two designation classes to be held there next year:  
March 17
Certified Real Estate Broker (CRB) 
The Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB) designation is designed for experienced owners, brokers, managers, and supervisors to raise professional standards, strengthen individual and office performance, and sharpen expertise in brokerage management. 
Download the flyer for this class (pictured above), online here.
March 18 & 19 
Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) 
The CRS designation is the highest credential awarded to residential sales agents, managers, and brokers. On average, CRS designees earn nearly three times more in income, transactions, and gross sales than non-designee REALTORS®. Presented by Residential Real Estate Council. 

Download the flyer for this class (pictured above) online here.

Code of Ethics Webinar 

The SAR purchased the Webinar on National Real Estate Ethics Day June 27, 2019, in support of REALTORS® Relief Foundation.  
Proceeds from this event will help families who have endured unimaginable loss.
We offer each office access to the Webinar to show in your office at no charge through December 31, 2019.
This class will not include clock hours, however it will count towards NAR Code of Ethics requirement.
If you offer this class in your office, you will need to send Tami your sign in sheet from the class, so she can record it on the NAR website.
If you would like additional information, please email Tami @ tami@spokanerealtor.com or call 326-9222

Major Medical Open Enrollment  

Get your Major Medical enrollment done today!
Enroll today for Major Medical coverage in 2020.  
Navigating Open Enrollment can be a headache, but REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace makes it easy to find the coverage that works best for you and your wallet - either online or with a call to our benefits specialists.  
Open Enrollment (Nov 1-Dec 15) is your chance to make benefit elections or changes for 2020, and we are here to guide you through Major Medical and supplemental choices too.
Round out your coverage with REALTORS® Dental,
REALTORS® Vision, and more!


Legal Hotline: Manage my Property? 

Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline lawyer Annie Fitzsimmons has been hearing from more and more brokers whose sellers are asking them to manage their properties for them, especially if a property didn't sell on the timeline the seller needed.  
Can a broker manage the property? If yes, what does a broker/firm need to do in order to do this?
Annie answers that question in this six-minute video:
Manage My Property?
Manage My Property?


REALTOR® Merch!  

If you're looking for a place to find REALTOR®-branded gifts and industry-related items for your team members or yourself - such as the license plate frame shown above - two online stores specialize in REALTOR® merchandise.
Visit each with a click, below:   

2019 REALTOR® Education

Quality of Education 
through SAR/WR Education Instructors

Here is the latest class listing from your SAR - offering the best live and local continuing real estate education classes for 2019.

Click on each class title,  underlined in blue, to bring up a flyer for that class - suitable for posting in your office. 

Register for these classes online here: 


Please be in touch with Tami at the SAR if you have any questions about these classes or your license education requirements, by phone at 326-9222 or by email.
What else do we need - Purchase & Sale Agreement Addenda 
Purchase & Sale Agreement Addenda
Friday, November 22 - Purchase & Sale Agreement Addenda - with Sabrina Jones Schroeder.
Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
at the SAR
6.0 clock hours 
Friday, December 6 - Business Budgeting Basics - with John Trent.
Check-in: 8:45 a.m.
Class: 9:00 a.m. to noon
at the SAR
3.0 clock hours

Monday, December 9 - TransactionDesk: Basic Sale/Listing Creation - with Eric Johnson.
Check-in: 8:45 a.m.
Class: 9:00 a.m. to noon
at the SAR
3.0 clock hours
Code of Ethics: Standards for Success 
Code of Ethics: Standards for Success
Tuesday, December 10 - Code of Ethics: Standards for Success - with Linda Miller Sheets.
Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR
7.5 clock hours
Land & Acreage 101 
Land & Acreage 101
Wednesday, December 11 - Land & Acreage 101 - with Jim Palmer, Jr.
Check-in: 12:15 p.m.
Class: 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR
4.0 clock hours
Wednesday, December 11 - Radon in Real Estate - with David Gerard.
Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
at the SAR
3.0 clock hours
Statewide Purchase & Sale Agreement 
Statewide Purchase & Sale Agreement
Thursday, December 12 - Statewide Purchase & Sale Agreement - with Sabrina Jones-Schroeder.
Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
at the SAR
7.5 clock hours 
Current Issues in Washington Residential Real Estate 
Current Issues in Washington Residential Real Estate
Mandatory Core Curriculum 
Tuesday, December 17 - Current Issues in Washington Residential Real Estate - with Sabrina Jones-Schroeder.
Check-in: 8:00 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
at the SAR
3.0 clock hours
Home Warranties in Real Estate Transactions 
Home Warranties in Real Estate Transactions
Complimentary lunch included! 
Thursday, December 19 - Home Warranties in Real Estate Transactions - with Russel Frans.
Check-in: 8:45 a.m.
Class: 9:00 a.m. to noon
at the SAR
3.0 clock hours   
In This Issue
2020 SAR Leadership Announced
REALTORS® Dental Insurance
Open Enrollment
Designation Classes in TriCities
Code of Ethics Webinar - FREE!
Major Medical Open Enrollment
Legal Hotline: Manage my Property?
2019 REALTOR® Education
2020 SAR Dues Due
SAR Governmental Affairs
2020 SAR Leadership Opportunities
Seven Tips for Staying Safe
Managing Broker Examination
Real Trends: Real Estate Reviews
Spokane Valley Planning Commission
Winter Activity Guide
Prefunk to Nothing
Member Roster Update - October
Market Activity Report - October

Click on the calendar image below to see
the current SAR calendar showing dates and times
of classes, committees and events. 
2020 SAR Dues Due 

Your 2020 SAR annual dues are due January 1st, 2020.

You should have receive an email regarding this.    
If you did not receive this email, please call the SAR at 326-9222 or continue with the online payment process here. 
To pay your 2020 SAR annual dues online, click on the graphic below, which will bring up the login screen for the SAR member portal:  
Once online, use the Review and Pay Balance section to make your payment online.    
Alternately, you may retrieve an invoice while online to pay by mail, or you may pay in person at the SAR, 1924 North Ash Street.
Thank you for your continuing membership in your SAR! 

SAR Governmental Affairs 

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Greenstone founder Jim   Frank was a guest of the SAR Governmental Affairs committee, this week, at its regular November meeting (pictured above).  
Greenstone is perhaps best known for the River District development in Liberty Lake and Kendall Yards in Spokane.
For the past several years, Frank has been an impassioned advocate for condo liability reform in Washington state - a cause from which he takes great frustration and disappointment.

2020 SAR Leadership Opportunities   

 Your association runs on volunteer power. Here's your chance to plug in and make a difference! 
2020 SAR President Tom Clark invites you to join him in volunteering to lead our association in the new year.
If you'd like to talk with Tom before you decide how you'd like to volunteer, call him at 499-9999 or e-mail him at spokanetom@comcast.net.  
Here are just some of the volunteer opportunities where you can help get the work done: 
Budget & Finance 
Professional Development   
Governmental Affairs
SOS  (Serving Our Spokane)  
Special Events  
3rd Grade Poster Contest   
Food Drive  
Holiday Party & Auction                      

Submit your application by Friday, December 6, 2019.      
See the 2020 SAR Leadership Opportunities flyer for more information and application (pictured above),   online here

Seven Tips for Staying Safe

The son of murdered Arkansas REALTOR® Beverly Carter and the friend of murdered Iowa REALTOR® Ashley Okland spoke at an emotional session at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Francisco, last week.

Both offered seven strategies for keeping real estate professionals safe while engaging in typical daily activities.

We thought you'd like to learn what they had to say, for your own safety.

This is very much worth a few minutes of your time to read  online here.

Managing Broker Examination 

The Department of Licensing sent out a notification on October 21, 2019, alerting that the National Real Estate Managing Broker Examination was being revised, and this revised version would be launched on January 1, 2020

Concurrently, the department and PSI have been working to revise the State Real Estate Managing Broker Examination to mirror the newly revised scenario-based national exam. 

This new exam is based on a truly nationwide exam development initiative to ensure that candidates will continue to receive the most comprehensive and up-to-date testing experience possible.
Upon reviewing the impact that these changes may or may not have on our education providers and potential licensees, PSI will be hosting a webinar to brief our education providers on the impending changes. 

So that your questions can be addressed sufficiently, implementation of the national exam has been postponed and will not go live on January 1, 2020 as previously communicated.
There is no date set for future implementation of either the national or state revised exams at this time. However, a communication will be sent in the coming months to include the dates and instructions for participating in the webinar and additional correspondence of the revisions along with the implementation date.
We are optimistic that the exam enhancements made to both the national and state managing broker examination will benefit all providers and candidates.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

Tim Allen, M.Ed. 
Education Manager
Real Estate Programs  Washington State Department of Licensing  Office: 360-664-6505  

Real Trends: Real Estate Reviews 

H ow can you finish the year strong and carry momentum into next year?  
We have found there is One Thing that most quickly produces transactions.
If every sales associate in your company is doing it, revenue, market share, and profits soar.  
What is the One Thing?
It's Real Estate Reviews.  
Sometimes they are called Annual Real Estate Check-Ups or Annual Real Estate Wealth Reports.
They are simple, easy, and powerful.
The best time to do them is in November, December, and January.
Real Estate Reviews are a simple market overview, not a full market analysis.
They can usually be prepared in 15 minutes or less.    
The November issue of Real Trends - a member benefit of Washington REALTORS® - offers the formula online here.

Spokane Valley Planning Commission 

Th e City of Spokane Valley is seeking individuals to serve three-year terms on its Planning Commission.  
The term is scheduled to begin January 2020.
The Commission studies and makes recommendations to the City Council for future planned growth as directed by the City Council.  
Qualifications include having an interest in planning, land use, transportation, capital infrastructure, and building and landscape design as evidenced by training, experience, or interest in the City of Spokane Valley.

Winter Activity Guide  

Find your winter adventures inside the new Winter Activity Guide!
Get a copy for yourself; give a copy to your clients. 
No school day camps, fitness & wellness classes, open gym basketball, snowshoeing & cross country skiing outings, volunteer opportunities, and much more.
Download the City of Spokane Parks and Recreation 2020 Winter Activity Guide (pictured above) online here


Prefunk to Nothing 

Member Roster Update - November

Updated for November

Click here to view the latest Member Roster Update - approved by the Board of Directors.

Send a message to Brenda at the SAR with any changes.  

Market Activity Report - October  

Market Activity Reports  
Updated for October   
The SAR Market Activity Report for October is now online.
See the latest full report - a member-exclusive product
- and archived full reports, online here .

See the October 2019 Market Snapshot Report
(pictured above) online here.

See the 2019 YEAR-TO-DATE Market Snapshot Report (pictured above),   online here.

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